Webinar: Shifting the dial on child and family poverty: what will it take?

Hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence

About this event

Brotherhood of St. Laurence is a social justice organisation working to prevent and alleviate poverty across Australia and a Life Course Centre Partner Organisation.

In this special Anti-Poverty Week webinar, explore the question: What will it take to shift the dial on child and family poverty?

In Australia, 1 in 6 children live in poverty. No other age group is experiencing poverty more than Australia’s children. With more that 750,000 children aged 0–14 years living in poverty, mitigating the impacts is crucial for so many.*

We know adequate income is key to addressing poverty – the temporary supports provided during the early phases of the pandemic dramatically cut child and family poverty. With the removal of these supports, child poverty rates have increased – particularly for single parent families where poverty rates are expected to reach 41%.**

But we also know that poverty isn’t just about money. Social exclusion, limited opportunities and education inequities can undermine children’s health and wellbeing in the short and long term.

Event speakers

Join the BSL’s Head of Children’s Programs, Katrina Herbert, in conversation with the expert panel:

Professor Sharon Bessell, Australian National University

Professor Sharon Goldfeld, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a Life Course Centre Associate Investigator

Professor Shelley Mallett, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Life Course Centre Advisory Committee Member

David Tennant, CEO, FamilyCare

Date & Time

Tue, 19 October, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (AEDT)



*Davidson, P., Bradbury, B., Hill, T. and Wong, M. (2020), Poverty in Australia 2020: Who is affected? ACOSS/UNSW Poverty and Inequality Partnership Report No. 4, Sydney: ACOSS.   ** Phillips, B. & Narayanan, V. (2021), Financial Stress and Social Security Settings in Australia, ANU Centre for Social Research